Raised in Cairo, Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress is a 26 year old Egyptian mixed martial artist with a professional record of 14-2. Having dominated the MMA scene in Egypt, racking up a nine fight win streak between January 2011 and November 2013, Faress took a near-two year hiatus from the sport to concentrate on family commitments having graduated as a mechatronics engineer.
A return to competition in July 2015 saw Faress score two more wins, taking his record to an impressive 11-0, with all fights finished inside the distance. Astonishingly, only two opponents were able to make it beyond the first round during this period! It was no surprise, then, when Desert Force came calling…
A first round submission win in his Desert Force debut helped raise the profile of ‘The Prince’ on the international stage, and a return to Egypt in April 2016 bore a similar outcome. With the whole of the Middle East effectively put on notice, Bahrain-based Brave Combat Federation would extend Faress an offer to compete both in their home nation, as well as Mumbai, India.
With his career reaching a whole new level, Faress has dedicated himself one hundred percent to his pursuit of MMA glory. Victory over dominant Super Fight League exponent Bharat Khandare signalled the start of a new and exciting chapter in the career of ‘The Prince’, with Faress able to overcome the pressures of competing in his opponent’s back yard, as well several physical, mental, and technical challenges.
Having switched his focus to rounding out his game in training, Faress was forced to overcome issues in his home life that left the Egyptian in a very dark place mentally. Though Faress even resorted to self-harming during this period, it is testament to the athlete’s character that through faith and prayer he was able to dedicate himself to a healthier lifestyle. Incorporating healthy eating, a sleep regiment, and a new-found confidence in himself and Allah, Ahmed Faress is determined and ready to overcome anything life, and his MMA career, can throw at him.
With the support of his team based out of Cairo, the Saracens, Faress and friend and training partner Mahmoud Nour set to work on producing the new generation of Egyptian MMA fighters. With Al-Hassan Ali and Ahmed Thabet already having made the break through to the professional ranks, and with Abdelrahman Ebada and Mohamed Mans ready to start their respective journeys, it could be that the Saracens team, and the wider MMA community in Cairo, wind up producing the next hotbed of talent on the world stage!
“MMA is my opportunity to reach inner peace through the accomplishment of long-standing goals, and by instilling within me more confidence and contentment. I also aim to make many friends along the way!”
– Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress